One of my favorite things about Christmas is the cookies. My kids and I have always baked Christmas cookies for Santa, for enjoying ourselves and for giving away as gifts. I’ve made so many different versions of Christmas cookies over the years that it is sometimes difficult to choose which one I’m making each season. I do love cookies, though and there is certainly no rule against making different varieties of Christmas cookies, especially if you participate in a cookie exchange or just love giving homemade cookies out as gifts.
So, I started thinking about which cookies I’m going to make this year and I thought while I was at it, I would share with you a few of my favorite recipes. Did you know that there are so many different cookies? I found 70 different Christmas cookie recipes – and that’s certainly not all of them. You could easily find hundreds of different cookies to make, but these 70 are the best in my opinion. There are colorful and fun cookies for the kids and even a few more sophisticated cookies that you can take along to your office Christmas party. And, if you need some great décor ideas, check out these 20 DIY clay pot decorations.
If you love baking as much as I do, you are really going to love these Christmas cookie recipes. There are some of the most adorable cookies and some that are absolutely out of this world delicious. With peppermint, white chocolate and even chai spiced varieties, you are definitely not going to run out of ideas for your cookie exchange, or just bake up a fresh batch every day and enjoy them with friends and family. Your house is going to smell amazing when you start baking these and you’ll have scrumptious cookies to enjoy all holiday season long. And, check out these 60 beautiful ways to decorate your porch this Christmas to make it warm and welcoming.
36. Adorable Hot Cocoa Christmas Cookies
These are perhaps the most adorable Christmas cookies I have ever seen and they are utterly delicious. You can use pre-baked cookies for these, which makes it much easier to make them. Just add a marshmallow to the top of your cookie and then decorate with cookie icing, mini candy canes and sprinkles. How cute would these be on a plate for Santa?
37. Hot Chocolate Cookie Cups
Here is another adorable hot cocoa cookie that you bake and then decorate to look like a steaming mug of hot chocolate…complete with mini marshmallows. For these, you can use refrigerated sugar cookie dough. Just bake your dough in mini muffin pans to create the mug and then top with a homemade chocolate ganache and some mini marshmallows. The handle is made from broken pretzel twists and held on with melted white chocolate. These are the perfect cookie cups for Christmas.
38. Homemade Lemon Curd Sandwich Cookies
I love lemon, especially for the holidays. Lemon pies are my favorites and I also love these little lemon curd sandwich cookies. They are super easy to make and have such a wonderful flavor thanks to the lemon curd in the cookie and in the frosting. You can use a cookie press to make these, which makes it much easier and then just fill and sandwich when the little cookies have cooled.
39. Christmas Piñata Star Cookies
These cookies are not only pretty to look at, they are filled with a surprise. You bake the light and fluffy cookies and then fill them with mini M&Ms or any small candy of your choosing. Then just decorate with a homemade frosting and you’re all done. You can also add Christmas sprinkles or other decorations to make them really festive.
40. Homemade Disney Swirl Christmas Cookies
My kids love Mickey and Minnie Mouse so these cookies are the perfect Christmas cookie at my house. They look like the beloved Disney characters and have a wonderful peppermint flavor. You just swirl red and green food coloring into your sugar cookie dough and then cut them into circles – one larger for the head and two smaller for the ears. Then bake and decorate however you wish.
41. Mickey Mouse Oreo Cookies
These Mickey and Minnie Mouse Oreo cookies are perfect for Christmas, especially if you have younger children. They are simply Oreo cookies and mini Oreo cookies stuck together to look like Mickey Mouse. You use frosting to stick the cookies together and then dip them in candy melts and decorate however you want.
42. Mocha Coconut Crinkle Christmas Cookies
These mocha coconut crinkle – or should I say Kringle? – cookies are so tasty and they are really easy to make. They are loaded with flavor and so chewy. You could top these off in different ways to make them more festive but the cookie itself is divine. These are great for leaving out for Santa. He is sure to adore the mocha coconut taste.
43. No Bake Reese’s Krispies Cookies
If you normally make Rice Krispies treats for Christmas, consider using this recipe instead of your traditional one. This is a really unique take on that family favorite and it uses Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups! You make these with Rice Krispies but instead of adding marshmallows and butter, you add peanut butter, chocolate chips and the peanut butter cups for a delicious chocolate peanut butter cookie that is sure to be a hit.
44. Homemade Orange Almond Biscotti
These crispy yet chewy cookies have the wonderful flavors of orange and almond and they are perfect for enjoying with coffee or a nice steaming mug of hot cocoa. These are so easy to make and would be great for your Christmas cookie exchange. Biscotti is such a favorite cookie of many and this recipe makes two dozen, so you have plenty to go around.
45. Oreo Peppermint Crunch Christmas Cookies
These are the most delicious cookies and the recipe gives you about three dozen – Plus, it’s a really quick and easy recipe to follow. The cookies have cake mix, peppermint extract, and chunks of Oreo cookies to give them the most delectable flavor. You also add Andes peppermint crunch pieces for even more peppermint taste. Your family is going to love these and Santa will love them, too.
46. White Chocolate Oreo Reindeer Cookies
Grab some Oreo cookies, white chocolate, and frosting for decorating and you can make these adorable white chocolate Oreo reindeer cookies. You just dip Oreo cookies – or any cookie that you want, really – into white chocolate to coat and then decorate with candy eyes, red sugar and frosting for the red nose. How adorable are these? And they are really simple to make.
47. Fun Melted Snowman Christmas Cookies
I’ve seen these Christmas cookies that look like melted snowmen and they are so adorable. They’re also much easier to make than you may think. You simply bake a round sugar cookie – and you can even use premade dough for this – and then add a semi melted marshmallow to your frosting covered cookies to make the snowman. Then just add frosting to decorate and you’re all done. Add these cookies to your list of creative snowman crafts this holiday season.
48. Peppermint Bark Brownie Cookies
What could possibly be better in a Christmas cookie than peppermint bark and brownies? These cookies are super easy to make and they are perfect for those of you who really love your chocolate. They are made with cream cheese, instant chocolate fudge pudding mix, peppermint bark and chocolate chips for a gooey and delicious cookie that is sure to be a favorite this Christmas.
49. Homemade Peppermint Pattie Cookies
This recipe for peppermint pattie cookies makes about 20 cookies, depending on the size that you want them, and gives you the most delicious Christmas cookies. With cocoa powder, dark chocolate chips and a peppermint pattie cream topping, these are a wonderful cookie to bake for parties or cookie exchanges. You can even make them a bit festive by dusting with colored sugar.
50. Pink Peppermint Macaroon Cookies
I love macaroons. They are so delicious and perfect for parties and cookie exchanges. These pink peppermint macaroons are really easy to make and are perfect for the holidays. These take a while to make, around two hours for about three dozen cookies, but they are definitely worth the time. They include peppermint extract, homemade chocolate ganache and white chocolate, among other delicious ingredients.
51. Homemade Pistachio Snowball Christmas Cookies
I love cookies that are dusted with powdered sugar. Honestly, they just have such a light and sweet taste and these pistachio snowball cookies are no exception. These cookies are so easy to make and will quickly become a holiday favorite. The ingredients are likely things that you already have on hand – aside from the pistachios of course – and these are really quick to whip up so they’re perfect for a last minute cookie.
52. Raspberry Almond Thumbprint Cookies
Thumbprint cookies are such a wonderful choice for Christmas cookies and these raspberry almond shortbread cookies are delicious and really simple to bake. They’re so pretty when they are finished too, so they’re really perfect for cookie exchanges or to give away as gifts to friends and family. It’ll take you less than an hour to whip up a batch of these and you probably have most of the ingredients on hand already.
53. Delicious Raspberry Bowtie Christmas Cookies
These little bowtie cookies are light and delicious and filled with raspberry jam – or you could use strawberry, blackberry or any other flavor that you want. They have cream cheese, which gives them a really light flavor and they’re super easy to make. It only takes about 40 minutes to make a couple of dozen of these and they are perfect for parties, gifts, or cookie exchanges.
54. Red Velvet Cream Cheese Thumbprints
Cream cheese filling and cocoa powder give these red velvet cream cheese thumbprint cookies such a wonderful flavor and they are really easy to make. If you love red velvet cake – and who doesn’t? – then you will adore these cookies. You make them completely from scratch and it only takes about an hour to finish a batch of three dozen. These are sure to be a huge hit this holiday season.
55. Red Velvet Melting Snowmen Cookies
How cute are these little melting snowmen cookies – that by the way have a delicious red velvet flavor. You make them with devil’s food cake mix, butter, eggs and red food coloring. For the melting snowmen, you just add homemade cream cheese frosting and top each of your snowmen off with a Reese’s Christmas bell for the hat and sprinkles and mini chocolate chips for the face.
56. Reese’s Cookie Cup Christmas Cookies
I love how easy these Reese’s cookie cups are to make and they are so delicious. You make these by simply baking sugar cookie dough in mini muffin pans and pressing down a mini Reese’s cup before you bake. See, they’re super simple to make and let’s face it, everyone loves Reese’s peanut butter cups so these are bound to be a huge hit at your holiday parties or even at home.
57. Homemade Rugelach Cookies
Rugelach cookies are light and fluffy and sort of taste like cinnamon rolls. It takes a while to bake a batch of these – about two and a half hours to be exact – but they are well worth the additional time. The cookie dough has cream cheese, sour cream and butter and the filling is brown sugar, walnuts, raisins and cinnamon. When they’re finished, these are seriously the most delicious cookies and are sure to please everyone at your Christmas dinner or holiday parties.
58. Salted Peanut Butter Shortbread Christmas Cookies
I love shortbread cookies, especially around the holidays. They just have such a nice traditional flavor and these salted peanut butter cookies add delicious melted chocolate to that flavor. Peanut butter and chocolate go so well together and when you add in coconut oil (there are so many great coconut oil recipes), they have a wonderful taste and they are topped with coarse sea salt, which gives them that great sweet and salty taste.
59. Sicilian Christmas Fig Cookies
These Sicilian Christmas fig cookies or Buccellati, are light and delicious and so very easy to make. The recipe makes up to 50 cookies, so there are plenty of these to go around. They are made with dried figs, raisins, pine nuts, walnuts, honey, marmalade and so many other delicious ingredients and they have such a nice traditional look and flavor.
60. Slice And Bake Butter Pecan Cookies
These vanilla brown butter pecan cookies are dipped in melted chocolate and are absolutely delicious. It only takes 15 minutes to bake these and not long at all to prepare them and you get around 30 cookies from the recipe. With vanilla bean, raw pecans and chocolate, you can rest assured that these are going to be well received by anyone on your cookie exchange or gift list this holiday season.
61. Dutch Speculoos Spice Cookies
These spice cookies are a Dutch favorite and soon to be your family’s favorite, as well. They are made into star or snowflake shapes and are very light and delicious. The best part is that you probably have the ingredients to make these already on hand. They use basic cookie ingredients like flour, sugar and eggs and then you need spices like cinnamon, cardamom, ginger and cloves. Shape them anyway you want and then top them off with homemade royal icing.
62. Spiced Polar Bear Christmas Cookies
These spiced cookies are so adorable in their polar bear shapes and are really easy to make. You just shape out the cookies prior to baking them and then finish them off with a dusting of powdered sugar, mini chocolate chips and a red candy of some sort. The cookies themselves have ground cinnamon and cloves for a wonderfully Christmas spice flavor and you can use just about anything you want with regards to decorating them.
63. Family Favorite Sugar Cookies
Okay, so you have to make sugar cookies for Christmas right? This recipe is an all-time favorite for so many and it can easily be doubled or even tripled if you need to make a huge batch. The best part is that you do not have to chill the dough prior to baking, so it saves you a lot of time when you’re cookie making. The cookie dough holds its shape really well and they can be decorated however you want when they’re cooled.
64. Chocolate Covered Peppermint Meringue Cookies
There’s that chocolate and peppermint combination again. I love it! These meringue cookies are light and delicious and have such a wonderful Christmas look to them. Meringue cookies are a bit more complicated than traditional sugar cookies but I promise that these are worth it. You twist the cookies into a great swirl shape and then dip the ends into melted chocolate – or white chocolate if you prefer. You could even add sprinkles!
65. Snowmen Thumbprint Christmas Cookies
I love these thumbprint cookies that forgo the traditional jam or preserves and use a filling of royal icing instead. You just bake your cookies and then add the royal icing to the center, which you can then decorate to look like little snowmen. These are so easy to make and are a joy for kids to decorate. Plus, the use basic ingredients that most of us bakers already have on hand.
66. White Chocolate Peppermint Wreaths
These little wreath cookies are perfect for the holidays. You make them with white chocolate, miniature marshmallows, peppermint extract, cinnamon candies for decoration and of course, Corn Flakes. I love these traditional little cookies and they are super easy to put together. You can decorate them however you want. if you have time, whip up a batch of buttercream and add some decorations or just stick with the cinnamon candies or add mini M&Ms.
67. Easy Snowman Cookies
These little snowmen are so easy to make and kids are going to love helping you to decorate them. You just bake the cookies in small balls that are joined together to create your little snowmen and then decorate with things like mini M&Ms, melted chocolate and other candies. You can use a Hershey’s Kiss for the hat or cut a Reese’s peanut butter bell in half for each one. just consider this another wonderful Christmas hack.
68. White Chocolate Strawberry Cookies
White chocolate chips and dried strawberries give these little cookies a wonderful flavor. You can also use dried cranberries if you want more of a holiday flavor with these. They’re super easy to make and you get so many cookies from one recipe. If you want, you could also add chopped pecans or almonds and dust with powdered sugar for a really white Christmas look.
69. Homemade World Peace Cookies
What could possibly be better for your Christmas cookie baking than a world peace cookie? I love this recipe and it’s super simple. These chocolaty cookies have cocoa powder, sea salt, bittersweet chocolate, and other basic cookie ingredients and they taste phenomenal. The point of this delicious little cookie is that when you give them away as gifts, they promote world peace – they’re just that good!
70. Triple Chocolate Turtle Cookies
Turtle cookies and candies are among my holiday favorites and this specific cookie recipe has those wonderful flavors, with the addition of extra chocolate. These are a thumbprint cookie that have gooey caramel in the center and are loaded with pecans and other goodies in the actual cookie. You top them off with melted chocolate and they have chocolate chips and cocoa powder in the cookie as well.